Sharman owner called out from shadows

The owner of Sharman Networks can't hide forever. Today lawyers were asked to reveal the identity of the owner of Sharman Networks. If the identity is reveled more we'll be seeing more lawsuits. Not just from the RIAA but everyone (as that seems to be the normal thing to do now a days).

Lawyers were asked on Tuesday to reveal the identity of the owner of Sharman Networks, parent company of file-sharing service Kazaa, as the company faced copyright infringement allegations in Sydney, Australia.

Lawyers for Universal Music Australia called on Sharman in Australian federal court to reveal the anonymous figure controlling the corporation in its request for evidential discovery. Justice Murray Wilcox agreed, saying this was "not an unusual request." The public face of Sharman to date has been CEO Nikki Hemming. "Miss Hemming seems to be a key player...on whose behalf is she playing?" Wilcox asked. "Who is controlling these activities?"

The notice issued to Sharman's counsel kicked off the official process of discovery in the case, which has been hotly debated since the offices of Sharman, its affiliates, and other individuals and companies were raided with potential evidence confiscated last February. The request submitted to Sharman from Universal's lawyers called for the respondents to give details of the "ownership and control structure of the corporate respondents, the financial and managerial aspects of the various relationships, and the historical background to these arrangements."

News source: C|Net News.com

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